Thursday, November 13, 2008

Karma's a bitch

From MSNBC today:

Skinhead in Obama plot wants charges dropped A white supremacist charged with plotting to kill President-elect Barack Obama wants his indictment dismissed, arguing the federal grand jury that charged him had too many black members. [21 out of 23 were black]

Yeah, it sucks doesn't it? Looking at a panel of people judging you and seeing only one or two who look like you? Feeling like you can't get a fair shake in a criminal court because of your skin color? Boy, I feel for ya. Nobody should have to walk into a courtroom and feel justice isn't available to him because he's different from the people running the show.


Mark Bennett said...

That's excellent. Maybe the Government should take the case to a new, all-white, grand jury and supersede, adding a couple of counts just to make the point.

S said...

As a public defender, I'm not totally unsympathetic to the guy's claim just because I do know how so many of my (black) clients have felt. But none of my clients have ever gotten relief on a complaint about racially-unbalanced jury composition.

But as a racist-hater, I have to admit it makes me almost gleeful that his own racist garbage is now making him so miserable.

Mark Bennett said...

I'm not totally unsympathetic either. But we know that the government doesn't to stack the grand jury with racists to indict a black man, or vice versa.

S said...

what would the feds need to stack a grand jury with to indict a ham sandwich?

Mark Bennett said...


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